Farm Days: Hello June

Farm Days: Hello June! An update on Happiness By The Acre family farm

 

Winter vanished in days, and then so did April and May!

As usual spring in Alberta is a flurry of activity. We’ve been busy planting out the market gardens, building mobile chicken coops, fixing watering systems, setting up irrigation, and getting corrals set up. We’ve got 25 laying hens in the gawky pullet stage, and cows on the way in the next week or so. A flurry of activity! Thankfully we have our hired hand, Lachlan, who has been an absolute work horse while Marcus runs around wrangling paperwork to parts sourcing.

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Welcome Spring! FREE Printable Postcards

Welcome Spring! With free flower postcard printables

 

It’s officially the first day of SPRING!! And even if we have snow on the ground {or possibly more in the forecast} the idea that spring has arrived on the calendar is always welcome here in Alberta! To celebrate, I’ve put together a little collaboration with our farm biz, Happiness By The Acre. Download a FREE set of postcard printables featuring our farm fresh flowers! Print them on white card stock and you’re set to send some happy mail to friends.

 

Happiness By The Acre Flower Postcards ~ Download & Print

Welcome Spring! With free flower postcard printables

 

Happiness By The Acre Postcard Backs ~ Download & Print

Welcome Spring! With free flower postcard printables

*Each post card measures 4″x 6″. Once you print the flower postcard fronts, run the paper through again to print the postcard backs or simply fill in the back by hand, then cut.

 

Wishing you fresh air, warm sun & thawing dirt!

Farm Days: Farmhouse Kitchen

Farm Days: Farmhouse Interior Inspiration - Farmhouse Style Kitchen

 

The farmhouse build is chugging along! The growing season will be upon us before we know it {we’ve already got seeds started} and this space needs to get functional real quick! I understand & fully accept that we will be settling into our farmhouse over the coming years, so not every room is going to be completely polished in adorable decor by June. Gosh, we probably won’t even have “finished” flooring in large chunks of the house. C’est le vie. But functioning toilets, sinks & showers and a mostly completed kitchen are top on my list. Today, I’m sharing a peek at the kitchen progress.

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Farm Days: Farmhouse Bathrooms

Farm Days: Farmhouse Interior Inspiration - Farmhouse Style Bathrooms

 

Now I know that there’s probably some more interesting topics out there than discussing bathrooms, but you have to admit, there is something to a pretty bathroom. Maybe because the bathroom at our house in Calgary is tiny, or maybe because we’ve never had indoor plumbing on the farm, but for whatever reason, I’m super stoked about our farmhouse bathrooms {yes, two}! Plenty of thought, envisioning, and daydreaming is going into them, so I figured I would dish a bit.

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Farm Days: Farmhouse

Farm Days: The Farmhouse - Building our farmhouse for Happiness By The Acre

 

I thought it would be fun to share our farmhouse building progress on the blog {finally}. Mostly a visual story of the progress so far. Breaking ground on farmland to put in the very first building on 150 acres, actually requires a lot more steps than simply starting to dig {like designing//determining all the land usage} and hubby is much more qualified to speak on that stuff. I have the most basic understanding of “keyline design” and farm workflow. My approach to the building is a combination of practical use & dream home vision.

So join me for a little peek at what’s been happening so far!

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Farm Days: Planning

Farm Days: Planning - Small Farm Life in Alberta - Organic Flower Farm

 

Farmers talk about an “off season” and a “growing season”. And yes, it’s true that there is an “off season” of sorts, I’m finding with each year that our off season is still busy. Busy planning & prepping for the next growing season. In part, it might be because we have been starting our small farm from the ground up. Quite literally. There was nothing already in place to begin our farm except for the land. Not even perimeter fencing or a road. And don’t get us started on the soil itself…

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Farm Days: We’re Hiring!

Wanted: Garden Gnome to work on a small Alberta farm

It’s true! On our farm biz side of life, we are HIRING! We are currently looking for a student*, or garden gnome, interested in working on our farm. We deliver product to Calgary and the surrounding area, as well as are opening a trust-based on-farm store in 2018.

Primary job duties will revolve around the market garden and orchard. A great deal of the job is weed identification and manual removal; but plenty of opportunities for general labour, washing and bagging vegetables, and chasing cows or chickens will present themselves.

Pop by the website for more info!

And if you’re just interested in visiting our farm or coming out for the day to lend a hand, definitely contact us! We’d love to hear from you!

*This is a grant supported job for students. Highschool or postsecondary. Trades and vocational schools work fine too, as does upgrading

Roots & Connections

Roots & Connections: One story of how our past finds its place in our present

 

Throwing it waaaay back today. A glimpse of my sweet mama as a child {circa 1950ish}, in her Grandpa’s greenhouse.

Sometimes I don’t really think about how far back my “green thumb” roots go, but it hit me one day standing in the fields this summer on our farm. And I remembered some old photos of my mom in the family greenhouse.

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